If the present crisis of global finance and democratic governance has had a silver lining, it's the emergence of more original, far-reaching thinkers. Whether it's the anarchist economics of David Graeber, the radical transparency of Julian Assange, the antiglobalism of Naomi Klein or the neo-medievalism of Douglas Rushkoff, these days fresh voices are finding willing ears. More academically respectable but still anti-authoritarian is Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. He's best known for his work on copyright and intellectual property or, more properly, how those noble-seeming notions constrain freedom, creativity and artistic expression. In his latest book, he examines why the U.S. Congress is seemingly incapable of acting in the best interests of the American people. His analysis is contained in his book's title: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It.
Early risers can have breakfast with Lessig on Tuesday: N.C. Policy Watch is hosting a breakfast conversation with him beginning at 8 at the Center for Community Leadership Training Room, located at the Junior League of Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St. Advance registration is required: Visit ncpolicywatch.com or contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org. —David Fellerath